Richard W. Mitchell
Age 77 of Gardner, formerly of Braceville, died unexpectedly Monday, October 10, 2022 at his home.
Born September 29, 1945 in Chicago, Richard William was a son of Stanley and Bernice Mitchell. He was raised in Chicago where he attended Saint Eugene Grade School and Maine West High School in Park Ridge. Dick worked as an over the road truck driver for over 30 years until his retirement at the age of 62. He loved being on the road and took meticulous care of his vehicles. Dick was passionate about country music and was a talented guitar player. As a young man, he performed in many music shows, including at famous venues such as the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago and the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. Dick was a character who beat to his own drum, but if you were his friend there wasn't anything he wouldn't do for you.
Survivors include his daughter, Kristine Mitchell of West Frankfort, Illinois; one sister, Pat (Al) Freese of Algonquin, Illinois, several nieces and nephews, and his dear friends: Danny, Val, Ray, and Arlene.
Dick was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Rosalie (Leo) Bush, and one brother, Al (Loretta) Bochat.
Per Dick's wishes, cremation rites have been accorded.
Family and friends are encouraged to sign the online guest book, upload photographs, and share Dick's memorial page via social media.
Cremation services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes, Ltd. in Coal City (815) 634-2125.